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Foreign Secretary William Hague sends his best wishes for Vesak to the global Buddhist community.
“I am delighted to send my best wishes to the Buddhist community in Britain and around the world celebrating Vesak today.
“The Buddha’s teachings of dignity and respect for all have important relevance in today’s world, especially at a time when so many are seeking increased political rights and freedom.
“On the occasion of the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment, I wish you and your family a happy and blessed Vesak.”
17 May 2011
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The Rt Hon William Hague
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